Echosmith Announces Sophomore LP ‘Inside A Dream’ & New Single “Goodbye”


Echosmith's 'Come With Me' Video

Echosmith’s ‘Come With Me’ tells a love story in miniature. Watch the cute clip.

Three years have passed since Echosmith defied expectations by netting a top 20 hit — a year after releasing their debut single “Cool Kids.” The trio is gearing up for an epic return by dropping a new single ahead of their sophomore LP. The Sierota siblings’ next hit is called “Goodbye” and it arrives (with its video) on July 14. Their new album, titled Inside a Dream, will follow on September 29. That’s not all, however. The band will also hit the road for a North America tour, which kicks off in Kansas City, Missouri on October 5.

Echosmith will be switching things up a bit this time around. In 2016, guitarist/brother Jaime Sierota departed the group to spend more time with his family. Remaining siblings Sydney, Noah, and Graham explained that they needed to take some time to allow their sound to evolve before returning to the scene. The alt-pop hitmakers have continued to embrace the throwback sound that helped them break out, but they’ll be implementing some electronic elements into the album this time around. They’re comparing the sound to something that you would hear on Netflix’s Stranger Things, which is very promising, Check out their official tour dates below.

05 Oct-17 Kansas City, MO

08 Oct-17 Englewood, CO

10 Oct-17 Salt Lake City, UT

11 Oct-17 Boise, ID

13 Oct-17 Seattle, WA

14 Oct-17 Portland, OR

18 Oct-17 San Francisco, CA

19 Oct-17 Los Angeles, CA

21 Oct-17 San Diego, CA

24 Oct-17 Tempe, AZ

26 Oct-17 Dallas, TX

27 Oct-17 San Antonia, TX

29 Oct-17 Austin, TX

01 Nov-17 Minneapolis, MN

02 Nov-17 St. Louis, MO

03 Nov-17 Chicago, IL

04 Nov-17 Cleveland, OH

05 Nov-17 Toronto, ON

08 Nov-17 New York, NY

09 Nov-17 Philadelphia, PA

10 Nov-17 Boston, MA

13 Nov-17 Columbus, OH

14 Nov-17 Detroit, MI

17 Nov-17 Indianapolis, IN

18 Nov-17 Nashville, TN

19 Nov-17 Atlanta, GA

20 Nov-17 Washington D.C.

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Lost Hit: Beyonce’s “Radio” Should Have Been A Single


Beyonce's 'Lemonade': Album Review

We dissect Bey’s powerful 6th LP ‘Lemonade.’ Read our track-by-track review.

In this franchise, we highlight album tracks that should have been released as singles.

Beyonce released nine singles from I Am… Sasha Fierce, but slept on the most obvious one. A soaring dance-pop detour with a massive chorus, “Radio” was a no-brainer for chart glory. While it lacked the sophistication of “Sweet Dreams” and felt a little vanilla next to “Ego,” the banger had undeniable appeal at a time when songs like “Just Dance,” “Womanizer” and “Disturbia” were vying for number one. Jim Jonsin’s production was very much on-trend and international fans, at least, were eagerly devouring Pop-yonce.

Instead, Beyonce rolled insomnia-curing ballad “Broken-Hearted Girl” and the unlistenable “Video Phone.” The latter was worth a shot given the Lady Gaga connection (it was her hey-day), but they both flopped — leaving the slightest stain on an otherwise golden era. Time hasn’t been particularly kind to “Radio” and it has the dubious distinction of being the last time Beyonce really chased a trend. That doesn’t make it any less of a missed opportunity, however, or diminish its capacity to evoke an era when ballsy synth-pop reigned supreme.

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Iggy Azalea Says There Will Be No More Singles From ‘Digital Distortion’


Iggy & Azealia Are Collaborating

It’s official. Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks are collaborating on two new tracks.

From the ever-changing release date to MIA music videos, Iggy Azalea’s Digital Distortion era has been a raging dumpster fire from day one. Which is doubly depressing because the rapper has delivered three consecutive bops with “Team,” “Mo Bounce” and “Switch.” Instead of trying to turn things around, Def Jam has decided to pull the plug. “Steve Bartels says he doesn’t want to release another single for my album unfortunately,” the 27-year-old revealed on Twitter. “So that’s that.”

“I’m very unhappy with the way things have been handled too,” she admitted in another tweet. “I will make sure it’s not this way for ia3… I can assure you guys of that.” Digital Distortion will arrive eventually, however. “It’s being released just terribly.” Well, I guess that’s that. Iggy didn’t suffer from the sophomore slump so much as a sophomore freefall. At least we’re (possibly) getting a couple of collaborations with Azealia Banks, right? See her tweets below.

Steve Bartels says he doesn’t want to release another single for my album unfortunately 👎 So that’s that.

— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) July 8, 2017

PRETTY much! Sucks – savior is great. im very disappointed that’s their decision.

— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) July 8, 2017

I’m very unhappy with the way things have been handled too. I will make sure it’s not this way for ia3… I can assure you guys of that.

— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) July 8, 2017

No it’s being released just terribly lol

— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) July 8, 2017

My album isn’t canceled, it’s just not having another single. It’s still being released.

— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) July 8, 2017

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Must-Hear: Filous’ “Knots” Is A Light & Airy Bop


Selena's 'Same Old Love' (Filous Remix)

Selena Gomez’s ‘Same Old Love’ gets a gloomy filous remix.

Austrian producer filous has carved out a niche as a purveyor of soft and dreamy electro-lullabies. The 20-year-old, who deftly combines real instruments with synths, wakes from his slumber on “Knots.” Featuring newcomer Klei, the latest taste of his For Love EP is a light and airy bop with an instantly catchy chorus. “You got me in knots,” the featured vocalist coos on the chorus, “all I really want is no strings attached, but I know that I’ll never get it back.”

filous — it’s French for rascal — first made waves with viral hit “How Hard I Try” and a remix of James Hersey’s “Coming Over.” He played most of the instruments on those tracks, having learned how to play the bass, guitar and piano from YouTube tutorials. He didn’t stop there, however. The former child prodigy can also play the harmonica, accordion and the didgeridoo. It’s that musicality that sets his music apart and makes “Knots” such a refreshing listen. Listen to the mellow bop below.

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Coldplay Drops Eerie, Atmospheric Charity Single “A L I E N S”


Coldplay's 'All I Can Think About Is You'

Coldplay’s ‘All I Can Think About Is You’ is a return to form for the band.

Coldplay continues to drip feed songs from their upcoming Kaleidoscope EP (due July 14) with a new single called “A L I E N S.” The eerie track, which was co-written and co-produced by the legendary Brian Eno, will raise money for the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) — an international NGO that rescues refugees at sea. The act of fleeing terror is reflected in the animated lyric video. Directed by Diane Martel and Ben Jones, the visual follows a family of extraterrestrials as they escape their planet.

The band’s Kaleidoscope EP is shaping up to be something of a mixed bag, in the best possible sense. It includes their chart-conquering smash with The Chainsmokers, “Something Just Like This,” as well as a collaboration with rapper Big Sean called “Miracles (Someone Special).” When you throw in the old school “All I Can Think About Is You” and the experimental “A L I E N S,” fans are in for a genre-bending treat. Watch the lyric video below.

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Katy Perry’s “Swish Swish” Gets A Demented Cheat Codes Remix


Katy Perry's 'Swish Swish' Lyric Video

Pop art! Gif queen Gretchen stars in Katy Perry’s ‘Swish Swish’ lyric video.

Can someone please explain why “Swish Swish” isn’t number one? It’s a certified bop with a viral lyric video and a string of amazing live performances, but is still languishing outside the top 40. Perhaps a new remix from Cheat Codes will give the song a burst of momentum. The producers behind “No Promises” excise Nicki Minaj’s verse from the song and implement a massive drop. It’s a little jarring at first, mostly because it feels like the BPMs have been turned way down, but it’s nice to have an official club overhaul.

Does the arrival of the lyric video and remix package mean there’s still life in “Swish Swish” or is this Katy’s way to winding things up? It’s hard to say. For a while there it looked like Katy was quietly moving on to the next single with “Save As Draft” being sent to adult pop stations. She has also singled out “Hey Hey Hey” during her UK promo tour, perhaps a sign that it’s going to be the next official cut from Witness. Time will tell. In the meantime, listen to Cheat Codes’ remix below.

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Iggy Azalea Is Collaborating With Azealia Banks (Possibly Twice)


Iggy Azalea Opens Up About Album Delays

Iggy Azalea addresses her missing sophomore LP in a string of blunt tweets.

Iggy Azalea still has no idea when Digital Distortion will be released, but the rapper’s sophomore effort will feature (former) nemesis Azealia Banks. Yes, the collaboration that nobody wanted is actually happening. “I don’t expect you guys to understand why i would collaborate with someone who has publicly said they hope i die,” the “Switch” diva tweeted. “This has been something extremely negative for so long, if there is a way to make it positive and also be creative together, I’m here for it.”

“I think females in rap need to really be unified to prosper,” she continued. “We need more collaborations to happen.” Oh, and Iggy might feature on Azealia’s next release too. “I have a song already I think she would fit well on and she has something I may get on for her project.” The Aussie hitmaker also confirmed that the collaboration won’t be a single. I understand Iggy’s motives, but this whole episode reeks of desperation and won’t do anything to rehabilitate her image. See her announcement and tweets below.

Iggy’s announcement:

Iggy Azalea announces via Snapchat that Azealia Banks will be featured on her upcoming album! pic.twitter.com/VTBp4snyE0

— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) July 3, 2017

Iggy’s tweets:

I dont expect you guys to understand why i would collaborate with someone who has publicly said they hope i die.

— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) July 3, 2017

This has been something extremely negative for so long, if there is a way to make it positive and also be creative together, im here for it.

— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) July 3, 2017

Also I think females in rap need to really be unified to prosper. We need more collaborations to happen.

— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) July 3, 2017

I have a song already I think she would fit well on and she has something I may get on for her project.

— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) July 3, 2017

No it’s not a single

— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) July 4, 2017

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Liam Payne Features On Zedd’s New Single “Get Low”


Liam Payne's 'Strip That Down' Video

Try another genre? Liam Payne’s ‘Strip That Down’ video is as awkward as the song.

Zedd teams up with Liam Payne for new single, “Get Low.” The German DJ/producer unveiled the very-pink cover art on Instagram and revealed the song’s July 6 release date. He had previously spoken about the track with Brazilian pop culture blog Capricho, saying: “To be honest, we met a little while ago and we did a song, not knowing if it would be for him or me, we just wanted to make music together.” It turns out the song was for him, becoming the official follow-up to top 10 smash “Stay.”

As for Liam, he’s still in full promo mode for “Strip That Down.” After a slow start, the Quavo-featuring bop has gained momentum at radio and is a streaming hit on Spotify. Penned by Ed Sheeran, the track has also crept up the charts — reaching a new peak of 34 on the Billboard Hot 100. It should soar a lot higher by the end of the summer. “It was such an edgy, different song for me to do,” the 23-year-old tells Billboard of his solo debut. “With [that 1D lyric] in it as well, and the way that was written. It was quite an experience.”

#GetLow 6th July @Zedd

A post shared by Liam Payne (@liampayne) on Jul 3, 2017 at 10:04am PDT

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The Drop: Your Guide To New Music Friday Featuring St. Vincent & Towkio


The Drop: Baio & Bien

Your guide to New Music Friday featuring new tracks from Baio and Bien.

Fridays can be overwhelming for pop fans. Every week you’re bombarded with a glut of new music, which can lead to ear candy falling through the cracks. I’m hoping to circumvent that tragic scenario with The Drop — a cheat sheet (of sorts) to get you through New Music Friday. By now, you’ve probably heard Adam Lambert’s defiant “Two Fux” and possibly checked out “Imaginary Parties” by Pentatonix splinter-group SUPERFRUIT. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Let’s start with the ever-brilliant St. Vincent, who returns with a stirring piano ballad called “New York.” The Grammy-winner yanks on our heartstrings (rather violently) with a nostalgic ode to old friends and humble beginnings. From the razor-sharp lyrics to a melancholy-soaked vocal, everything about this is perfect. The only other new release that rivals “New York” for sheer emotional impact is Noah Kahan’s “Hallelujah.” The Vermont singer/songwriter’s voice is otherworldly and his latest is every bit as moving as viral sensation “Young Blood.”

If you’re not in the mood to be emotionally devastated, may I suggest Astrid S’ “Such A Boy.” The Norwegian pop diva unleashed her Party’s Over EP today and this feisty anthem is a highlight. She turns the tables, dismissing her bad boyfriend with: “don’t be such a boy.” The demented mini-drop is particularly enjoyable. Next up is Billie Eilish, who seems to appear in The Drop every other week. The 15-year-old delivers her best single since “Six Feet Under” with “Watch” — a moody, introspective electro-ballad with a monster chorus.

Actually, I guess that song was a bit of downer too… but Parson James and Betty Who’s “If You’re Hearing This” will definitely lift your mood. I promise! They team up with Australian producer Hook N Sling for a mellow banger about finding the one. Or simply trusting that there’s someone out there for you. Rudimental’s latest will also put a smile on your face. The UK electronic act is known for their killer collaborations, dropping hits with Ed Sheeran, John Newman and Emeli Sande. History is destined to repeat with “Sun Comes Up,” which features the smooth voice of “Say You Won’t Let Go” hitmaker James Arthur.

Summer’s here, so let’s continue with the bops. Bella Thorne returns to pop as the featured vocalist on Prince Fox’s “Just Call.” A bittersweet track about the agony of waiting for the phone to ring, this boasts a strong pop sensibility and a wicked drop. If radio plays along this could be massive. The same goes for ayokay’s “Too Young.” Featuring Baker Grace, the Detroit producer’s latest is an intricate, dreamy electro-anthem that will raise your serotonin levels like a Prozac prescription. This is an essential addition to any chill-out playlist.

The same can’t be said for Towkio’s “Drift.” This bone-rattling banger needs to played loud. Produced by Lido, Smoko and Knox Fortune, the furious track constitutes the rapper’s major label debut. Be sure to check out the video, which finds our hero racing cars, dancing near pyramids and cruising around in hot-air balloons. Another song that commands you to move is King Henry’s “Destiny.” Perhaps better known for producing Beyonce’s “All Night” and Major Lazer’s “Cold Water,” the hitmaker teams up with Ry-X for a hypnotic, two step-infused floorfiller.

Let’s wind it up with a couple of remixes. With 25 million Spotify streams and climbing, Lauv’s “I Like Me Better” is shaping up to another viral hit like “The Other.” The 22-year-old’s latest will get another burst of momentum from a remix by Ryan Riback — the Australian producer that turned Starley’s “Call On Me” into an international smash. Every bit as appealing is Thomas Jacks’ dark and dangerous overhaul of Haux’s “Homegrown.” His remix oozes mystery and atmosphere, evoking early ’80s synth-pop. Check it out in my playlist below.

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Adam Lambert Returns With Defiant Anthem “Two Fux”


Queen & Adam Lambert's Tour Dates

Get ready to rock. Adam Lambert will be joining Queen on the road again.

Adam Lambert brings a whole lot of glamor and attitude to New Music Friday with “Two Fux.” Co-written with Ferras, Sarah Hudson, Big Taste and Trey Campbell, the “Ghost Town” singer’s latest single is a defiant rock anthem about living life on your own terms. “My last project was about the chase,” the 35-year-old explains. “This time I feel the strength of being exactly, unapologetically where I am. I’m standing my ground to inspire my fans to defy the status quo.” He achieves that while still delivering catchy hooks and a soaring chorus.

“If you think what I do and how I live’s too much, I don’t really really give two fux,” Adam proclaims. “If you think that what I say and what I give ain’t love, I don’t really give two fux.” The studio version sounds quite different from the live performance he gave on Jimmy Kimmel Live last week. It’s less Queen-tastic stadium rock and more restrained and radio-friendly. Hopefully, this is the first taste of the American Idol alum’s 4th LP. The pop scene has been rather dull without him. Learn all the words to “Two Fux” below.

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